A big week for receivers in the NFL as most of the tried and true wide outs delivered. Just a handful of disappointments in week nine with many on the rise with break out games. More and more, the NFL is becoming a passing league with reliable pass catchers much easier to find than running backs that get reliable production. Eleven receivers were targeted ten or more times this week which may be the most thus far this season. Let’s take a look at those that were busy and a handful that disappointed.
If you are in distressed with your wide receivers or have poorly planned your bye weeks, you are in luck! We have more emerging pass catchers this week than at any other time this season. While some may be replacing former “one week wonders” on your roster, at least there are some options. We have aging vets showing they have something left in the tank and also young bucks stretching their wings. As with any passing game, quarterback play is greatly impacting the success wide outs are having converting their opportunities into receptions. As a reminder, make sure you check the bye weeks of your potential pickups as you don’t want to end up picking up a bye replacement that is on an off week.
If you are looking for wide receivers on the rise, this may be your week! Amazingly, of the top 13 targeted wide outs for Week Five, only two of them (Dwayne Bowe and Roddy White) are among the league leaders for the season. While it’s a good opportunity to upgrade or strengthen your receiver corps, there is no reason for alarm from the regular leaders as they continue to plug along.